Mavs Sting Hornets: Power Points
The Dallas Mavericks' 107-80 win at Charlotte on Monday was marked by high octane and high efficiency. Dallas moves to 8-3 while sitting atop almost every category there is in terms of NBA offense ... and by winning by 30 points in each of the last three games, the defense has obviously been good enough, too.
Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons both had standout games, with Tyson Chandler finishing shooting a perfect 100 percent from the field on 7-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds, with most of his scoring hovering around the rim and alley-oops (which we will get to later). A couple of times, the facilitator to Chandler’s alley-oop finishes was Chandler Parsons, who had quite a game himself. Parsons started out red-hot, connecting on his first three 3-point attempts, including one that resulted in a four-point play. Parsons finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
Speaking of Tyson Chandler, his impact on the defensive end that doesn’t necessarily show up in his stat line should not go unnoticed. He played a major role in slowing down the Hornets’ premiere offensive weapon, Al Jefferson, as Jefferson finished with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting and three turnovers. This marked the first time since February 2014 that Big Al was held to single-digit scoring when the Grizzlies limited him to six points.
The Mavs have built their team identity with offense, but the offensive production has come from many different places. In the first half, when the Mavs built an insurmountable 67-43 lead, they looked a lot like the Spurs, with masterful passing, oftentimes the ball touching every Maverick on the court. This lead to more open looks and they were knocking down their shots, shooting 62 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent for the game.
What also can’t be dismissed is while "Lob City'' originated with the Clippers in Los Angeles, the concept (if not the nickname) has found a home in Dallas, as the Mavericks connected on five alley-oops in the first half with feeds from Parsons (two) and all three point guards Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson, and J.J Barea getting one each. TY was the recipient of four of the five, with Brandan Wright getting one in the waning seconds of the first half.
Dirk Nowitzki reached another notable milestone Monday night as he joined Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 27,000 points with one team.
Devin Harris left the game with a right ankle injury and did not return. Coach Carlisle said he has been dealing with that, and it does not appear to threaten Devin's availability in the long term.
You know the drill: The Mavs win the game, and Mavs fans like you choose the Player of the Game. Who deserves "The Dirkie''? Vote here!
"It means a lot to me that I was able to do it with one team. ... Hopefully there's more baskets to come." -- Dirk, one of four players in NBA history to score 27,000 points with one franchise, joining Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
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